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Chiyoumen Sergiy (Romanov) deprived of dignity due to the fact that he ignored all appeals to stop his public activity, said RIA Novosti Deputy head of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations of the Church with society and the media Vakhtang Kipshidze.

"the Ecclesiastical court has taken all possible measures in order to encourage chiyoumen Sergius for the fact that he revised his contradictory statements, his public activities, which he believed, and probably continues to consider preaching", — said the Agency interlocutor.

He recalled that the ruling Bishop of the Ekaterinburg diocese has called on Sergius with a greater sense of responsibility towards their activities that are incompatible with the service.

"However, all these appeals were ignored by shehurina Sergius, who continued on the rise to make increasingly outrageous statements, accusing the Russian Orthodox Church, abandoning the remembrance of his Holiness the Patriarch and the ruling Bishop during the service and having made thus a number of canonical crimes for which, according to the canons of the Church, the supposed deprivation of dignity, and that was done by the ecclesiastical court," concluded Kipshidze.

Earlier on 3 July the court of the Yekaterinburg diocese defrocked chiyoumen Sergius. The head of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Vladimir Legoyda said that the decision for the entry into force must be approved by the Patriarch.

The spiritual father and founder of Sredneuralskaya convent Abbot Sergius gained fame after he began to speak in sermons that COVID-19 "pseudopodia" that the Russians want to put in the "e-the camp of Satan", "the wicked are put to the isolation," deprived "of freedom and work". Later, he called to ignore the vote on the amendments to the Constitution.

The diocese was deprived of the priesthood the right to preach, but the cleric did not listen and continued to encourage the congregation to take to the streets and protest. Because of this ruling Bishop banned it in service. The cleric also started administrative proceedings, consideration of which is scheduled for July 7.